Friday, August 21, 2009

An Expensive Stick and An Old Movie


Mafrotto 685B Neo Tec Monopod

Frank and I looked at this monopod at our local camera store. The price on this wonder is about $150. It is a wonder though. No unscrewing of anything. Simply pull to the height you want. To release you simply use the trigger. It is very lightweight. More on this monopod in this article: Manfrotto 685B NeoTec deluxe monopod.

My Sony A700 camera weighs about 1 lb. 11 oz. (that is with battery and card) and my Sony 70-400 lens weighs about 3 lbs. 5 oz. ... about 5 lbs together. Frank has a bit of a hard time holding my camera with this lens steady, so I am sure when my arm gets backs to normal that I will have problems holding my camera with this lens steady.

I will have to think on this a bit more. Decisions... decisions!

I need to try and use the Sony A700 with my regular lenses.... it will probably help strengthen my arm.

I need not to stay up past my bedtime so I will not be too tired to go out and about and find things to photograph.

Thursday night while Frank was talking on the telephone I got caught up in an old movie, The Magnificent Ambersons. Orson Welles wrote the script for the movie and he narrated it. His voice just sucked me right in.

This was one of Orson Welles's earlier films, it is based on the 1918 novel of the same title by Booth Tarkington and stars Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Anne Baxter, Tim Holt, Agnes Moorehead and Ray Collins.

The basic plot: a spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.

Here is the beginning of the movie.

I'm sorry if Orson Welles's voice sucked you in and you can't find the movie playing somewhere. :-)



  1. Now that is one cool stick! What an answer but what a price tag too.
    You are so funny. I love old black and white movies. I could waste all day watching them. And you are right Orson Welles can suck in the best of us.

    Thanks for all your comments on my blog. It's been one long week and you make me smile. Thanks and hope you have a fun and blessed weekend.

  2. Good Morning!
    That monopod is a new one to me! I'd be afraid it would fall over with a heavy camera on it. I'm itching to go on a photo safari to anywhere! Hope you and Frank are having a good weekend.

  3. Oh, I saw that on TCM recently. I think TIVO got it for me. It was very good.

  4. Hi Zaroga, I think you would really enjoy the monopod. Let us know what you decide. Hope you two are having a good weekend.

  5. One day I'm going to purchase a really really nice camera! There are shots I'd love to capture that I simply can't with my little digital.....

    The "still" to that video is wonderful -- what a house!

  6. LOL - that is an expensive stick! Have you considered a tripod? Those at least stand on their own, so they sort of do some work for all the money you have to spend to get one. LOL!

  7. Wow, that camera stand is great. My friend has a tripod that I can put my Camcorder on but it's so hard trying to unscrew it off that thing. Lol! I have never heard of this movie! I love Orson Well's voice...I know what you mean about being sucked in. I want to see this movie!! I wonder if Netflix has it?

  8. A monopod, how interesting.
    Thank you for posting a list of blog designers, etc. I will check some of them out, I sure can use the help.
    I like the way you show the blogs that you like to read, you know at a glance what the latest entry looks like. Very nice.

  9. I would have to check on a much better price on the stick, too! I am cheap, though, only spent $198. for my camera, LOL!

  10. What a cool contraption. Yes Orson Wells voice has always sucked me in too!!


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